As we all know, aging is a natural part of life, and unfortunately, as we age, our vision begins to decline. Many people experience and notice vision changes in their mid-40s and 50s. The chief complaint is that seeing up close and reading has become difficult without glasses. Everyday activities such as reading a recipe, the newspaper or seeing text messages on a phone become more and more difficult. Are you tired of hassling with reading glasses all of the time?
This gradual decline in vision is a common eye condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia affects millions of Americans, but fortunately, an advanced solution has made its way to the United States. This advanced technology is called the KAMRA® Inlay.
What Causes Presbyopia?
The eye’s natural lens is normally elastic and flexible. It works like the lens of a camera, it automatically adjusts and focuses our vision to see objects near and far. As we age, the lenses in our eyes begin to stiffen. They cannot bend into the right shapes to bring close objects into clear focus. To compensate, you end up moving objects further away to help your eye to focus.
Presbyopia continues to progress over time. For example, someone who is 45 may only notice it when trying to read tiny print in low light. However, someone who is 50 may need to use reading glasses many times throughout the day.
How can the KAMRA® Inlay Help to Correct My Near Vision / Reading Vision?
The KAMRA® Inlay is implanted into only one eye. The opening in the center of the KAMRA inlay works to focus light on the retina, giving you near and intermediate vision while maintaining your distance vision.
About the KAMRA® Inlay
The KAMRA® Inlay is new to America, but has been approved in the European Union since 2005 and is available today in 50 countries. The KAMRA® Inlay was designed specifically for the treatment of presbyopia. This tiny, mini-ring shaped device is implanted into the cornea, and acting much like a camera, focuses light onto the retina.
The KAMRA® inlay is approximately 3.8 mm in diameter, with an aperture of 1.6 mm, and weighs less than a grain of salt. In addition, the KAMRA® Inlay contains thousands of laser-cut micro perforations that allow your cornea to continue functioning normally after implantation. This advanced technology is making reading glasses a thing of the past.
About the KAMRA® Inlay Procedure
You will receive numbing drops prior to the procedure and will be awake during the procedure. You will also be given medicine to help relax if necessary. Your Chicago Cornea surgeon will use a femtosecond laser to create a pocket in the cornea. Once the corneal “pocket” is created, the KAMRA® inlay will be centered along your visual pathway. Once the KAMRA® inlay has been placed, the cornea will heal naturally, requiring no stitches. Once the KAMRA® Inlay is placed, it adheres to the interior of the cornea and will not be able to move around.
Recovery time with the KAMRA® Inlay procedure depends on each individual. Full recovery can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a month, and for some even longer. Side effects are generally mild and are the same that you would experience with LASIK. Watery eyes, sensitivity to light, and the feeling of dry eyes are common and will subside.
If your up close vision has been declining, or if you are tired of having to reach for your reading glasses to read messages on your phone or a label, don’t wait! Give us a call to schedule a consultation today at Chicago Cornea.
Has reading become increasingly difficult? Are you ready to try something different?
The KAMRA® corneal inlay might be a good option for you. Call Chicago Cornea today to inquire about our options for reducing dependence on reading glasses.